The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation Program is designed for students who need additional undergraduate course work in math and the sciences in preparation for application to medical or other health professions schools.  A health professions advisor is available to help guide and mentor students in this program.  Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation students have access to the same academic resources and activities as other Drew students, including our graduate-level library, full network access and extracurricular activities.

Those students who successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits of pre-medical requirements at Drew may be eligible for support from Drew’s Health Professions Committee.  Students completing fewer than 24 credits at Drew should plan on obtaining committee support from their undergraduate degree-granting institution.

For more information about Pre-Medical Studies at Drew, please visit the Pre-Med Studies website: Pre-Medical Studies at Drew. Keep in mind that since applicants to this program should already have an undergraduate degree, information about majors, dual-degree, and international travel are not applicable to Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation students.

Questions about the Pre-Medical program should be directed to Drew’s pre-professional advisor: preprof@drew.edu.

Application Process

All students, part-time or full-time, must go through an application process and be admitted to the program in order to register for classes.   Successful applicants have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  This is to ensure your ability to excel in our rigorous basic science courses and go on to be a competitive applicant to health professions schools.

Students who anticipate taking 12 or more credits (3 or more pre-health classes) must submit the following items as part of their application:

  • an application form
  • a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • a personal statement (approx. 1-2 pages or 200-500 words):  Please use this personal statement to address any weaknesses in your undergraduate record.
  • one letter of recommendation, preferably academic
  • official transcripts from any previous colleges or universities attended
  • a copy of an updated resume

Once all of the above-listed materials are received, the application is considered complete.   Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation applicants will meet with the Heath Professions Advisor. This meeting affords applicants an opportunity to discuss academic goals and concerns and also serves as an admission interview.  This interview can take place over the phone for those students who are not within a reasonable driving distance of campus.

Those students who plan on completing fewer than 12 credits of pre-medical requirements (fewer than 3 classes) at Drew should apply as a standard non-matriculated student through the general Post-Baccalaureate Program. Please visit this site for more information and an application: Post-Baccalaureate Program.

In some circumstances, students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation Program may be offered admission to our general non-matriculation program: the Post-Baccalaureate Program.  Please be aware that students admitted to the general Post-Baccalaureate Program register no earlier than one month prior to the start of classes, when class availability may be more limited.  Post-Baccalaureate students do not qualify for a Health Professions Committee letter from Drew; however, students who successfully complete 12 credits with a minimum Drew GPA of 3.5 or better can petition for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation status.

Please be aware that Drew University does not offer a second BA program; the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation Program does not lead to the awarding of a degree from Drew.

For questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 973.408-3400 or at owl@drew.edu.

International Students:

At this time, Drew University is not issuing I-20s for international students interested in post-baccalaureate study.

Priority Deadlines

Students are strongly recommended to complete their applications by the deadlines listed below.  Class availability may be severely limited to those who apply after the priority deadline.

Fall Admission: March 1

Spring Admission: October 1

Registering for Classes

Post-Baccalaureate students register during Drew’s registration periods with senior status and with advising/course approval from the Pre-Health Advisor.  Students who register after these periods may find course availability to be much more limited.

The current undergraduate (CLA) course list is available on the Registrar’s Office Website.

A note on curriculum:

For those students needing to take General or Introduction to Biology as part of their preparation for medical school application, please be aware that the biology program at Drew University begins with three active laboratory courses that cover ecology, evolution, diversity (zoology, botany, microbiology), cell biology, and molecular biology. Many students will also take a fourth course that covers vertebrate anatomy and physiology. We recommend that students review the biology course descriptions below:

  • BIOL 150/Ecology and Evolution (4 credits) An exploration of evolutionary and ecological processes and consequences, with close examination of population dynamics, population genetics, principles of heredity, the evolution of adaptations, community interactions, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Laboratory includes field-based investigations of upland and wetland ecosystems, as well as simulations and laboratory experiments.
  • BIOL 160/Diversity of Life: Animals, Plants, and Microbes (4) credits) A survey of the animals, plants, fungi, protista, and bacteria of Planet Earth, with comparative analysis of adaptations for survival, reproduction, development, and metabolism. Laboratory emphasizes experimental methods of science as well as morphology and physiology of the major phyla.
  • BIOL 250/Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits) An introduction to composition, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, using themes of energy and reproduction. Topics include DNA replication, transcription, and translation, mutations, gene regulation, membrane function, cellular communication, motility, absorption, and secretion. Laboratory includes current research techniques such as cell culture nucleic acid characterization, cloning, and restriction mapping.
  • BIOL 254/Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) An examination of the structure and function of various physiological systems, such as circulation, respiration, and reproduction. How organs and organ systems evolved, how they function at a biochemical and biophysical level, how they are regulated, and how the functions of multiple systems are interconnected and coordinated within the whole organism. Laboratory will include the exploration of the dynamic function and regulation of human physiological systems and the study of anatomy through dissection of animal specimens.

Housing and Student Life

On-campus housing is not available for Post-Baccalaureate students.  Please allow yourself sufficient time to look for housing in the local area.

As a participant in the Post-Baccalaureate Programs, you have full access to Drew University ‘s student services and facilities including: a graduate-level library, academic advising, the counseling center, the writing center, and the tutoring program. The Simon Forum and Athletic Center is available for use throughout your stay at our university.

Schedule of Semester Tuition & Fees 2013-2014

Please note that financial aid is not available to Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Preparation students.  Contact Drew’s Business Office at 973/408-3114 for information about available payment plans.

2014-2015 Semester Fees
Full-Time 12-21 Credits Part-Time 1-11 Credits
Semester Fees
Tuition $22,116 $1,382 per credit
General Fee $291 $24.25 per credit
Technology Fee $125 $10.42 per credit
One Time Fees
Application Fee $50 $50
Orientation Fee $25 $25
Transcript Fee** $25 $25
Optional Fees
Student sickness / Accident insurance (annual) TBA NA
Tuition refund insurance (semester) TBA TBA
Parking Permit (annual) $200 $100

**  A one time charge that allows you to have official transcripts sent from the Office of the Registrar at any time.

All student have the option to waive the sickness/accident insurance and the tuition refund plan by completing the waiver form in TreeHouse by the due date.